Whether sudden or gradual, back pain can be a debilitating experience that prevents you from taking part in your daily life. It can be isolating, frightening and frustrating.
Back pain is scary, and can really impact on quality of life. However, only approximately 1% of people with back pain will have serious pathologies.
Getting older is not a cause of back pain.
Pain is rarely associated with significant tissue damage.
MRI’s and X-ray’s rarely show the cause of pain. Except in cases of serious pathology.
Back pain during exercise and movement does not mean you will cause further harm.
Pain flare-up’s during the healing process are normal and do not mean you are damaging your spine.
In the average population, it can take back pain approximately 6-8 weeks to heal, but it can often take longer.
Injections and strong drugs are not usually a cure for back pain but can have a place to help ease the pain.
Back pain during pregnancy is common, but should not be taken as a normal part of pregnancy. Always seek a medical opinion via your Osteopath, Midwife or GP.
Difficulties with urination or defecation during a back pain episode is a medical emergency – Go straight to A&E for medical assistance.
Gentle Stretches For Back Pain
Here are some very gentle yoga type stretches for your back. The instructor may seem to take things slowly, but she provides excellent instruction. Overall, fantastic stretches! However always consult your osteopath for an accurate diagnosis of your back pain, and treatment plan, before beginning any stretching/strengthening/mobilisation programme. Everyone’s back pain is different, with varying underlying causes. Therefore certain exercises may not be suitable for some people.
Lorraine Herity is the Clinic Director of Better Health Osteopathy in Christchurch, New Zealand. She previously worked in Osteopathic clinics in London and Ireland, before moving to New Zealand. Lorraine trained at the British School of Osteopathy in London, where she gained her Master of Osteopathy (M.Ost). Lorraine is a dedicated and passionate Osteopath. Her main aim is to help her patients regain their health, and to return her patients back to their everyday activities, in as quick a time as possible.